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Gayle Trent | FreshFiction + Fresh Cake = A Delicious Combination!

I’m thrilled to be a part of FreshFiction and to have the opportunity to introduce you to my series, the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mystery Series. The first book in the series is MURDER TAKES THE CAKE.

In MURDER TAKES THE CAKE, Daphne Martin returns home to Brea Ridge, Virginia, looking forward to realizing her dream of starting a cake decorating business. But when the meanest gossip in Brea Ridge dies mysteriously, suspicions turn to Daphne. But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting–and find Yodel’s body. Now Daphne’s got to help solve the murder and clear her good name. Problem is, her hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne’s whole family is among them.

MURDER TAKES THE CAKE was published in 2008 but was released on October 16, 2009 in large-print hardcover by Thorndike. BBC Audiobooks in England has also commissioned large-print rights to the book.

The latest book in the cake decorating series was released in trade paperback form by Bell Bridge Books on November 1, 2009 and is titled DEAD PAN. For the second time in as many months, Daphne Martin finds herself telling a police officer, “I just delivered the cake.”

Several people became sick at Brea Ridge Pharmaceuticals’ annual holiday party for its employees, and one–Fred Duncan–died. Fred’s mother insists on Daphne’s help in learning why Fred died; and since none of the food has yet been exonerated, Daphne feels compelled to find out what made everyone so ill. She’s pretty sure it wasn’t her cake, but she can’t be certain until the police complete the lab results. Was this an accident? Or did someone set out to kill Fred?

I hope you’ll decide to sink your teeth into DEAD PAN and MURDER TAKES THE CAKE. To whet your appetite, you can subscribe to my newsletter at http://www.gayletrent.com and read an excerpt of DEAD PAN. Then, please visit my contest here at FreshFiction to enter to win a signed copy of DEAD PAN.

Good luck and bon appetite!

Gayle Trent




16 comments posted.

Re: Gayle Trent | FreshFiction + Fresh Cake = A Delicious Combination!

I look forward to reading this. The premiss sounds so interesting. Thank you for sharing.
(Cindy Olp 1:25am November 14, 2009)

Thank you, Cindy!
(Gayle Trent 9:27am November 14, 2009)

Sounds delicious :)
(Theresa Buckholtz 11:45am November 14, 2009)

I love mysteries that have food at the top of the list. And the recipes are also a plus.
(Alyson Widen 12:37pm November 14, 2009)

Thanks, Theresa and Alyson. Be sure and enter the contest to win a copy of Dead Pan. :-)
(Gayle Trent 3:06pm November 14, 2009)

I think you have a winner with this series. I read an excerpt and now I want to read the whole book. Daphne Martin is such a interesting character. Congratulations!
(Rosemary Krejsa 3:22pm November 14, 2009)

Congrats on the new release, Gayle. I look forward to reading your cake decorating series. Just signed up for your newsletter.
(Jane Cheung 3:35pm November 14, 2009)

I have hear that the wrong kind of food CAN kill you! :>)
(Karin Tillotson 8:25pm November 14, 2009)

Congratulations on your release. Sounds like a great read.
(Armenia Fox 8:58pm November 14, 2009)

Thank you all so much! I truly appreciate your encouragement and warm wishes.
(Gayle Trent 9:31pm November 14, 2009)

Wow! I can hardly wait to take a bite out of this series! Off to your website now.
(Dawn Detkowski 9:56pm November 14, 2009)

I love all the titles. As I read down the page my smile just continued to grow. You now have my complete attention.
(Mary Preston 2:31am November 15, 2009)

I love to eat and I love to read. Your book is right my alley. I also signed up for your newsletter. Congrats!!!
(Mitzi Hinkey 2:36am November 15, 2009)

This sounds like a great series! Can't wait to start reading it!!!
(JoAnn White 8:29am November 15, 2009)

I love the sound of this series, can't wait to read it!
(Brenda Rupp 4:39pm November 15, 2009)

Am glad to see your book will come out
in large print. Our library is always
looking for more series to put out for our
patrons who need large print. Good luck
with the releases.
(Patricia Barraclough 11:27pm November 15, 2009)

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